Director: Julie Bedard
Julie has been involved as a teacher and director in Christian early childhood settings for almost 20 years. She has her Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction and loves to keep learning about how to be a better leader and teacher. She is married and has 3 grown children. She enjoys reading, memory-keeping and gardening.
Fabulous Fours – Voluntary PreKindergarten
Lead Teacher: Tiffany Reeves
Tiffany has her Florida CDA (Child Development Associate) certificate. She has been teaching preschool for 17 years. She loves to teach because she loves to see the curiosity in children blossom.
Assistant Teacher: Julie Bedard
Lead Teacher: Keonna Carter
Keonna is excited to be the Lead teacher for the “Thrilling Threes” at Amazing Grace ELC. She is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Florida with her husband and two boys 6 years ago. Keonna has been in early childhood for 12 years.
In those 12 years, she received her CDA in Preschool and her Director credential. She feels blessed to be part of an amazing team at Amazing Grace ELC.
Assistant Teacher: Kathy Walker
Erin & call her Mom and Grant calls her Honey . . . most of the time. You may call her Kathy. She and her husband recently moved to the area from Colorado. Kathy taught at a Lutheran preschool in Breckenridge and brings twenty years of experience to Amazing Grace Early Learning Center. Kathy grew up in New York. She received her training in early childhood education in Colorado. She and Grant have been married for forty years and have two daughters. Kathy is excited to join the family at Amazing Grace and is looking forward to helping the children in her care to grow God’s way!
Lead Teacher: Theresa Hammer
Theresa has been working in early childcare settings for over five years. She earned a degree at the University of West Florida and then moved back home to rediscover her love for teaching. She is engaged and has four fur babies at home. She loves reading, singing, and trying new things.
Assistant Teacher: Kayleigh Higginbotham
Kayleigh is a fun, missional minded, follower of Jesus Christ, serving in several ministries. Kayleigh currently leads a children’s Bible story and craft night at the villages library, works with children in her home church, and serves them also at her second home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Kayleigh has two children of her own also, who are both her inspiration and biggest supporters. She believes children are the future of the church, and is answering her call to the ministry to help shape the kids God brings into her path to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Lead Teacher: Brandy McDowell
Brandy has been working with children in a childcare center as a Teacher’s Assistant for almost 3 years. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business and her CDA credential. Brandy has always loved working with children and started babysitting 23 years ago. She didn’t know that teaching was her calling until she started working with the babies in a center environment. She is married, has 3 children of her own, and 2 furry children. She enjoys going on adventures with her family.
Assistant Teacher: Trisha Hackbarth
Trisha was a CNA for 5 years helping the elderly with their daily activities and needs. From there Trisha worked in the childcare environment for about two years then moved on to landcsaping. She since then has had two children: a boy 2 years old and a daughter that is 3 months old and has begun back in the childcare environment. Trisha loves children and helping them with their development. Trisha loves spending time with her family, reading, and any outdoor activity.
Lead Teacher: Nazreen Mohammed
Naz comes from the foster care system. She has been working with teen mothers and their babies. Naz’ training has been with Kids Central Inc. and Department of Children and Families as well as other agencies. She has been teaching these mothers how to care for their infants and become nurturing and good moms. She is married and has 3 children. She has also raised 5 foster boys and has 2 grandchildren. Naz loves reading and writing and spending time with her family.
Assistant Teacher: Susie Barber
Susie has been working in childcare for 22 years. She loves babies and all children and has experience with children of all ages.She has her CDA from NC. She is married to her wonderful husband and has 2 children and 6 Grandchildren and 2 spoiled cats at home.